Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Press Democrat

By Bill Swindell

A State Assembly committee approved two wildfire-related insurance bills Wednesday, including one that would mandate carriers to provide a full replacement cost estimate to policyholders on a regular basis.

The Assembly Committee on Insurance unanimously approved both bills. They are part of a package by North Coast lawmakers to address the aftermath of the October wildfires, where a recent survey found two-thirds of fire survivors were underinsured in their structure coverage.

Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, sponsored the measure, AB 1797, that would ensure that homeowners are provided an updated replacement cost estimate for their home. Carriers are not mandated under current law to produce or regularly update a replacement cost calculation for homeowners.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Marin Independent Journal

By Marin Independent Journal Editorial Board

The job took a lot longer and cost a lot more than most motorists expected, but Caltrans has finally reopened the third eastbound traffic lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

Transportation officials expect reopening the lane from 2 to 7 p.m. on weekdays will provide measurable relief, and early anecdotal reports show that it has made a difference in the awful traffic jam for motorists heading from Highway 101 to the bridge.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

KTVU Fox 2

By Duncan Sinfield

The Richmond - San Rafael Bridge widened to three lanes during Friday's evening commute for the first time in 40 years.

Backups were eased approaching the bridge on the Marin side, and bridge traffic was generally flowing at the speed limit.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Washington Examiner

By Steven Nelson

A law celebrated for making the Internet a viewpoint-neutral platform for commerce and ideas received its first major edit this month after sex trafficking victims pleaded for the right to sue companies that profited from their abuse.

The new law, known as FOSTA/SESTA, acronyms for House and Senate bills that were combined, amends Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to say companies do not have immunity for certain sex-crime content posted by third parties.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Deadline Hollywood

By David Robb

A bill pending in the California Assembly would require talent agencies to provide sexual harassment prevention training to their employees, and for the state Labor Commission to provide child actors and their parents or legal guardians with training in sexual harassment prevention prior to the issuance of a permit to employ a minor in the entertainment industry.

ATA executive director Karen Stuart supported the bill – AB 2338 – in testimony before the Assembly’s Labor and Employment Committee.

Friday, April 20, 2018


By Cornell W. Barnard

A big relief for North and East Bay commuters has arrived.

A long-awaited third Lane has been added in the eastbound direction of the Richmond-San Rafael bridge.

That right lane can be used during peak afternoon commute times between 2-7pm.

  "It's a Day of celebration for commuters who endure that soul-crushing bumper to bumper traffic getting to the bridge," said San Rafael Assemblyman Marc Levine.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Press Democrat

By Bill Swindell

A state Assembly committee approved two wildfire-related insurance bills on Wednesday, including one that would require insurance carriers to inform their policyholders on whether they have sufficient coverage to rebuild or replace their homes after a disaster.

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, sponsored both bills in response to the October wildfires, when many fire victims found themselves underinsured while trying to rebuild. The state Assembly Insurance Committee approved the two measures on a 13-0 vote.